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Table 3 Relative potencies and equivalent doses of corticosteroids [Modified from 20]

From: Deflazacort: therapeutic index, relative potency and equivalent doses versus other corticosteroids

  Equivalent glucocorticoid dose (mg) Potency relative to hydrocortisone (cortisol) (antiiflammatory activity) Potency relative to hydrocortisone (cortisol) (mineralcorticoid activity)
Short acting
 Hydrocortisone (cortisol) 20 1 1
 Cortisone acetate 25 0.8 0.8
Intermediate acting
 Prednisone 5 4 0.8
 Prednisolone 5 4 0.8
 Triamcinolone 4 5 N/A
 Methylprednisolone 4 5 0.5
Long acting
 Dexamethasone 0.75 30 N/A
 Betamethasone 0.6 30 N/A
Mineralcorticoids
 Fludrocortisone N/A 15 150
 Aldosterone N/A N/A 400
  1. The numbers in the table indicate corticosteroid potency and equivalent doses relative to cortisol (by convention, cortisol = 1), and have been calculated by the Author on the basis of currently available literature data. N/A, not applicable